The whole spiel about "nitrogen reduction" always makes me chuckle.
The atmosphere of Earth is composed of nitrogen (78%), oxygen (21%), argon (0.9%), carbon dioxide (0.04%) and trace gases.
The planetary atmosphere, the very air we breathe in every moment of our lives, the "empty" space all around us, it's almost 80% pure, unadulterated, hard-hitting nitrogen.
Of course too much nitrogen in the environment is also bad. The soil becomes too acidic for productive agriculture, it seeps into the waterways and leads to algal blooms and dead zones with low oxygen. Related compounds like ammonia and nitrogen oxide add to the problem.
So what are the biggest sources of this "nitrogen pollution"?
Artificial fertilizers, animal manure and fossil fuels.
How do you reduce "nitrogen pollution"?
Get rid of artificial fertilizers, livestock and fossil fuels.
"But wait, does "nitrogen pollution" actually exist on a scale that justifies the government ignoring the property rights of its citizens and expropriating farmers who have fed the nation and tilled their family's land for centuries now?"
Well of course, it's a big problem.
"Is it really though?"
Oh, absolutely. Do you even read the newspapers out here? Haha, you rubes always crack me up. We told you a million times by now. So listen up, big problems require big solutions. Gotta break some eggs if you want to make an omelette!
"But what motivated farmers to use so much nitrogen in the production process? Are we evil? Are we dumb? Or is it because for the last few decades the state decided to pursue an agricultural policy that required extremely high yields on very little land and heavily incentivized this with subsidies and tax breaks, as well as favorable credit, refinancing and insurance conditions for farmers willing to switch to large scale industrial agriculture, whereas everyone not on board with this just couldn't make a profit anymore and went bankrupt?"
Ah well, you know how it goes. The government giveth, and the government taketh away!
Anyway, nitrogen is bad now, so we'll have to confiscate your farm. What do you mean "when", right now of course.
Here, you even get some pocket money. Let no one say the Dutch government isn't generous and fair!
What? An insulting offer way below market value?
Silly farmer, don't be stubborn. You're lucky to receive anything after polluting the environment for decades now. Did you really think we'd let you get away with it?
Now come on boys, time to wrap this up. And get this yokel out of my face. Thank you very much.
You know what, now that I see it, it's actually a nice property. That plot over there looks perfect for our new bug farm.
Man, I love my job!